Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

The DITL is part of the School of Engineering at PUC (www.ing.puc.cl). The School has nine Departments and two centres; ranks as the most prestigious in the country and is one of the top Engineering Schools in Latin America. Around 500 undergraduate students are received by the School of Engineering each year, and all of these are among the top 1% in the country. The School also offers MSc and PhD degrees and has strong links with the best universities in North America, Australia and Europe. The DTIL ranks top in research output among Spanish speaking countries. Its staff is formed by 8 full time academics, several part time lecturers, a team of research engineers – which work in the consulting/extension services for governments and private institutions as part of DICTUC S.A. (www.dictuc.cl). It also has an associate Traffic Engineering Laboratory – probably the most advanced of its kind in Latin America - that also provides services to the outside world as part of DICTUC’s activities. The DTIL is located in the San Joaquín Campus, with good installations for staff and postgraduate students, and a well equipped Departmental Library.

The DITL was formed in 1969 and since then has had a very good relation with governments and outside institutions, having been involved in large internationally funded research projects with, among others the following universities: Université de Montréal (Canadian International Development Research Centre, IDRC, 1985-1190); University College London (The British Council and Transport and Road Research Laboratory, TRRL, 1988-1991; Environmental and Physics Research Council, EPSRC, 1988-1989; 1998-1999); University of Sydney (New South Wales Roads Authority, 2007-2008); Norwegian Institute of Transport Economics (TEMPO project, 2009-2014).
Further, in 2009 the DITL was selected by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations (VREF) to lead a consortium (including MIT, Sydney University, the Technical University of Lisbon and EMBARQ) creating a BRT Centre of Excellence (www.brt.cl).